Thursday, December 27, 2012

Welcoming Santiago

Today we got a new family member.  Almost three years since we lost Homer, the sounds (and smells) of a dog are once again gracing our home.  The new dog, a five year old black lab originally named Chalmers, has been rechristened Santiago (Iago for short).

Santiago is a farm dog who, unfortunately for his former owners, had a taste for chickens.  He'll have to learn how to be a house/backyard dog.  This shouldn't be a problem since, due to his taste in fowl, he was confined to a pen most of the time.  Having the run of the house and our backyard will give him a bit more space.

He's already ran around the house a few times, knocked over the terracotta soldiers (none broken, all out of reach now), lifted his leg on the Christmas Tree (well, it is a tree), and rolled around in the snow.  All part of getting adjusted to his new home.

His owners say he is good on a leash.  If this turns out to be true, and it seems to be true so far, I may do what I never did with Homer: take him on some of my hikes.  This way I can get my walking and Iago's exercise done together.  I also have to take him to the dog park, something I did with Homer only on rare occasions - he didn't seem to like being around other dogs, they annoyed him.

He's a bit different from Homer.  That is an adjustment I will have to make.  I'll have to stop comparing him with Homer.  That's habit that will be hard to break.

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  1. Ohhhh. Glad you two decided to get another dog. Homer can never be replace, he WAS Homer. Now you can start a new adventures with Iago. Hope your holidays were great and may the New Year bring good health, happiness, and many more wonderful
    memories. Love, Den and Shawn

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    1. Den & Shawn: Thanks guys! Hope the new year treats you well too.

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  2. Okay, so I know I said that I would only comment from 2013 forward, but I just had to go back and make this joke: please, please tell me that you've gotten Iago a dog tag or t-shirt or something that says "HELLO! My name is Iago Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

    Because, really, it must be done. :)

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    1. GH: I'm sad to say I had to google the reference. It's been a long time since I watched Princess Bride and that was only once. While I don't know about his father, I do know he does have a vendeta against trucks - He was hit by one as a puppy and still has a gimpy rear leg. You may want to keep your truck away from Omaha for a while ;-)

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